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Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds is a singular casebook of human folly throughout the ages. This nineteenth-century landmark study of crowd psychology and mass mania includes accounts of classic swindles, schemes, and scams on a grand scale. The Mississippi Scheme that swept France in 1720, the South Sea Bubble that ruined thousands in England during the same decade, and the Tulipomania that practically consumed the Dutch imagination in the seventeenth century (fortunes were made and lost...
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New York, New York, U.S.A. 2002 Hardcover New 1586635581. BRAND NEW, FLAWLESS COPY, NEVER OPENED--768 pages--DESCRIPTION: Classic swindles, wild schemes, and incredible scams on ... a grand scale: this 19th century landmark study of crowd psychology and mass mania provides an entertaining account of human folly through the ages. It happens in every period and every nation, from the Tulipomania that practically consumed the Dutch imagination in the 17th century to the Mississippi Scheme that swept France in 1720 and the South Sea Bubble that ruined thousands in England during the same decade. There's also a look at fads and delusions that sprung from beliefs and causes that still have supporters today: the prophecies of Nostradamus, the coming of comets and Judgment Day, the Rosicrucians, and astrology. Some of the people and movements surveyed here remain highly controversial, from the Crusades to sorcery and witchcraft. Compelling and thought-provoking. Read more Show Less

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Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds is a singular casebook of human folly throughout the ages. This nineteenth-century landmark study of crowd psychology and mass mania includes accounts of classic swindles, schemes, and scams on a grand scale. The Mississippi Scheme that swept France in 1720, the South Sea Bubble that ruined thousands in England during the same decade, and the Tulipomania that practically consumed the Dutch imagination in the seventeenth century (fortunes were made and lost on fluctuations in the supply of tulip bulbs) are just a few of the examples of group hysteria in action included. Other chapters deal with fads and delusions that have sprung from ideas, beliefs, and causes that still have supporters today: the prophecies of Nostradamus, the coming of comets and Judgment Day, the Rosicrucians, and astrology. The book also surveys some highly controversial people and movements of the past such as necromancy, Father Hell and Magnetism, Anthony Mesmer and Mesmerism, the Crusades, sorcery and the burning of witches, the traffic in relics, the popularity of murder by slow poisoning, and the hero-worship of common thieves. After browsing through Extraordinary Popular Delusions, the reader may become convinced that human greed, folly, and madness -- if not human history -- are destined to repeat themselves.

Originally published in 1841, this is a serious but frequently hilarious study of mass madness, crowd behavior, and human folly.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781586635589
  • Publisher: Barnes & Noble
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Pages: 768
  • Product dimensions: 5.92 (w) x 8.34 (h) x 2.15 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2002

    A long list of human foibles

    Although it starts off slow, it becomes staggering when you realize the extent of human history that the author covers. The rather thick book is by no means comprehensive, and modern historians can add more chapters to the tale. This classic covers such things as the Inquisition (as a part of a witch mania), the Crusades, South Sea Bubble, tuplipmania, as well as other things that we find amusing today. He dissects the trends of facial hair, colloquial sayings, haunted houses, magnetizers [which seems to resurging lately], etc. Anyway, I find this book quite good for all the things we fall for. Fortunately, most tricks eventually get figured out though sometimes not before going through deadly cycles.

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